International Trade

  • July 26, 2016

    4 Traits Of The Top Litigation Firms

    All litigation powerhouses boast talented trial lawyers, but the 20 firms at the top of their game don't just rely on their litigators. Here, we talk about the four traits that led the elite of the Litigation Powerhouses to become the go-to firms for bet-the-company cases.

  • July 26, 2016

    5 Small(er) But Mighty Litigation Shops

    Five relatively small but fearsome law firms landed a spot on Law360's 2016 list of 50 Litigation Powerhouses after they laced up their gloves and brought the pain in their fights for clients, winning some of the biggest cases over the past year.

  • July 26, 2016

    Law360 Names Top 50 Firms For Litigation

    Historic, precedent-setting wins in class action litigation. Jaw-dropping jury verdicts in courts across the country. Victories in the smartphone wars. Dramatic upsets on appeal. Law360's Litigation Powerhouses leveraged their deep legal talent to score remarkable wins for their clients over the past year, landing them a spot on our inaugural ranking of the top firms for litigation.

  • July 26, 2016

    Trump Crosses Trade Rubicon With Hint Of WTO Withdrawal

    Donald Trump pushed his already contentious trade policy vision even further this week as he suggested withdrawing the U.S. from the World Trade Organization, a move that experts say would have cataclysmic effects not only for the U.S. but also the entire global marketplace.

  • July 26, 2016

    Enviros Attack New TransCanada Pipeline Project

    The Natural Resources Defense Council on Tuesday said that a proposed TransCanada Corp. tar sands oil pipeline that would transport 1.1 million barrels a day across Canada to supertankers that would travel down the East Coast of the U.S. poses great risk of a dangerous spill.

  • July 26, 2016

    ITC To Launch Investigation In Container IP Row

    The U.S. International Trade Commission announced Tuesday that it will launch an investigation into the claim that a Chinese company is exporting  bulk liquid containers that infringe the trade dress of a U.S.-based company.

  • July 26, 2016

    Sanders Calls On Dems To End Trans-Pacific Partnership

    Telling voters that Hillary Clinton “must become the next president of the United States,” former presidential contender Bernie Sanders on Monday in his speech before the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia called for an end to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

  • July 26, 2016

    ITC Launches Probe Into Foreign Rubber Imports

    The U.S. International Trade Commission on Tuesday announced that it will probe imports of synthetic rubber used in tires and other automotive components from Brazil, Korea, Mexico and Poland to determine whether the dumping of the products injured domestic producers.

  • July 26, 2016

    Prior Rulings Doom LNG Project Challenge, DC Circ. Told

    The D.C. Circuit's rejections of environmental challenges to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's approval of a trio of liquefied natural gas export projects means it must also nix a similar challenge to FERC's approval of Cheniere Energy Inc.'s Corpus Christi LNG project, the company told the appeals court Tuesday.

  • July 26, 2016

    Brexit Amplifies Threat To US Financial Stability: Watchdog

    The U.K.’s shocking vote to leave the European Union threatens the stability of the U.S. financial system, an influential post-crisis Treasury watchdog said Monday.

  • July 25, 2016

    ITC Backs RealD In Patent Row With Rival MasterImage

    The International Trade Commission on Thursday found that MasterImage had infringed on rival RealD's patents for 3D movie theater projection systems and banned imports of MasterImage's infringing products into the U.S.

  • July 25, 2016

    How New Trade Deals Are Changing Investor-State Arbitrations

    Several recent trade deals have incorporated new provisions for settling investor-state disputes, like the European Union's controversial new court system, changes that attorneys say may signal an evolution in the way investor-state arbitrations are conducted. Here, Law360 looks at these deals and lays out why attorneys will be closely watching what happens next.

  • July 25, 2016

    Japanese Trader Gets Ship Stopped Over $32M In Spoiled Soy

    A Japanese commodities trader on Monday won permission from a Texas federal judge to halt a cargo ship in the Port of Houston whose Korean owner faces a $32 million arbitral claim for allegedly allowing the trader’s massive cargo of soybeans to rot in a Brazilian port instead of shipping it to China.

  • July 25, 2016

    Fish Importer Asks High Court To Take Duty Case

    A Vietnamese seafood importer has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a Commerce Department decision on fish by-product anti-dumping duties, saying the department had changed the statistics it used without explanation. 

  • July 25, 2016

    Australian Advisory Board Questions TPP Terms

    An Australian Productivity Commission report released Monday questioned investor-state dispute settlement and copyright term provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, calling them of “questionable value.”

  • July 25, 2016

    Commerce Department Launches New Trade Finance Panel

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Monday unveiled a new federal advisory panel that will aim to help potential U.S. exporters gain better access to trade finance and asked interested stakeholders to submit nominees to sit on the panel.

  • July 25, 2016

    WTO Chief Pushes Members For Specific Negotiating Offers

    World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevedo on Monday applauded the strides that member countries have made in developing a new negotiating agenda but said that the ideas will have to get much more detailed in order for the effort to be a success in the short term.

  • July 25, 2016

    Sticking By Tariff Threats, Trump Floats WTO Withdrawal

    Newly minted Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has long threatened to impose flat tariffs on purportedly unfair imports, but he took the radical proposal a step further Sunday while threatening to withdraw the U.S. from the World Trade Organization if the tariff is challenged there.

  • July 25, 2016

    LAN Airlines Pays $22M To Settle FCPA Union-Bribery Charges

    South American airline LAN Airlines SA has agreed to pay $22 million to settle allegations it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by facilitating bribes to union officials during a labor dispute, including paying a $12.75 million penalty as part of a nonprosecution agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • July 22, 2016

    US, HSBC Urge 2nd Circ. To Block Money Laundering Report

    The U.S. and HSBC Bank USA NA both told the Second Circuit to vacate a lower court’s decision to partially unseal a report into the bank's failures to combat money laundering, saying the document is irrelevant to any judicial function.

Expert Analysis

  • Legal Aid, Meet Legal Tech

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    Because there will never be enough free lawyers to satisfy demand from low-income Americans, we need to leverage technology to allow the legal expertise of one lawyer to reach hundreds or thousands of clients at once, say Jonathan Petts and Rohan Pavuluri, co-founders of startup nonprofit Upsolve.

  • Testing The UBE: Portable But Inaccurate Bar Exam Scores

    Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus

    While there is not much that is new about the uniform bar exam’s components, what is new is that where you take the bar exam may make the difference between passing and failing. Half of the score depends on the strength of the applicant pool in the jurisdiction where the candidate wrote the exam, which may lead to “UBE shopping,” says Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus, director of bar programs at Touro Law Center.

  • Latest FCPA Deal Validates Pilot Program

    William Steinman

    The U.S. Department of Justice's recent decision to close its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation of Johnson Controls without charges provides a glimmer of hope that self-disclosure under the so-called pilot program might just be worthwhile, says William Steinman of Steinman & Rodgers LLP.

  • Testing The UBE: Missouri Benefits From Uniform Bar Exam

    Jim Nowogrocki

    We in Missouri do not take lightly to new trends or frothy ideas. Yet, the uniform bar exam has allowed us to meet the challenges of an increasingly mobile legal profession and the changing needs of clients, and to ensure that a newly admitted attorney has the knowledge, character and fitness to practice in the Show-Me State, says Jim Nowogrocki, president of the Board of Law Examiners in Missouri — the first state to adopt the UBE.

  • Brexit: An Unexpected Boost For UK Commercial Real Estate

    Michael Speranza

    Brexit has presented increased opportunities for investment in the U.K. commercial real estate market and while there is some uncertainty regarding value, lenders are still making funds available for real estate acquisitions and development, says Michael Speranza at Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP.

  • Troubled Waters: Customs Increases Jones Act Enforcement

    David M. McCullough

    The recent creation of the National Jones Act Division of Enforcement is particularly significant, especially for shippers of energy commodities, because of the exacting manner in which U.S. Customs and Border Protection interprets the law and the very large penalties Customs may impose for violations, say David McCullough and Shelley Wong at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP.

  • The EU-US Privacy Shield: A How-To Guide

    Lisa J. Sotto

    The Privacy Shield — formally adopted last week — is more flexible, more convenient and less costly than other available data transfer mechanisms. Organizations that will derive the most benefit from the Privacy Shield are those that route the majority of their EU-originating personal data from the EU to the U.S., say Lisa Sotto, leader of Hunton & Williams LLP's privacy and cybersecurity practice, and Christopher Hydak.

  • How Law Firms Can Create Next-Generation Office Spaces

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    Law firms today are recognizing that the process of creating a next-generation workplace is far more complex than relocating to a more modern space in a trendier part of town. The challenge is more significant for larger firms with multiple generations represented within their executive teams, says Tere Blanca, founder of Miami-based Blanca Commercial Real Estate Inc.

  • US Challenges China On Export Duties At WTO — Again

    Terence P. Stewart

    The U.S. recently challenged, for the third time, China's excessive use of export duties. But if history is any indication, China will delay compliance and continue to distort global trade patterns. It is high time for the U.S. to rethink its bilateral trade relations with China and its trade policy in general, says Terence Stewart, managing partner of the Law Offices of Stewart and Stewart.

  • A Stronger India-US Relationship Is A Boon For Business

    Betere M. Gizaw

    The United States and India continue to seek ways to create deeper ties, primarily through trade, defense and clean energy initiatives — and, given larger geopolitical trends, it appears the relationship is blossoming, presenting opportunities for businesses that are engaged in overseas trade, say Betre Gizaw and Michael Taylor at King & Spalding LLP.